Orthostatic Hypotension: What It Is and How to Keep Safe

2 min readMay 12


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Written by KURA Writer- Rylee Nelson

Orthostatic hypotension is postural hypotension that affects many people, especially older adults. It occurs when there’s a drop in blood pressure when standing up after sitting, which can cause dizziness, confusion, blurry vision, lightheadedness, and fainting (Mayo Clinic, 2022). It’s important to recognize if you experience these symptoms frequently, and if you do, you should discuss them with your doctor. This condition may be dangerous because it can lead to falls and other injuries. Here are some strategies that can help reduce your fall risk and other symptoms (Cleveland Clinic, 2022):

● Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water daily

● Don’t sleep flat on your back: elevate your head while sleeping

● Prepare yourself to stand up: stand up slowly and make sure to have something sturdy to hold onto

● Engage your muscles: march your feet if standing for a while and do exercises that involve squeezing something or clenching your hands before standing

● Wear compression stockings or an abdominal binder: these can improve circulation and blood pressure

By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine and working with your doctor to manage your symptoms, you can reduce your risk of falling and experiencing other injuries. It’s important to know that orthostatic hypotension can be managed and doesn’t have to hold you back from enjoying your life. Prioritizing your safety and preventing falls can help you feel more confident and independent.


Cleveland Clinic. (2022, November 7). Orthostatic hypotension . Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved May 4, 2023, from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9385-low-blood-pressure-orthostatic-hypotension

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, May 26). Orthostatic hypotension (postural hypotension). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved May 4, 2023, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/orthostatic-hypotension/symptoms-causes/syc-20352548




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